Erectile dysfunction affects approximately 15 to 30 million men in the United States. It is defined as the inability to get or keep an erection that's firm enough for intercourse. This is not to be confused with the occasional erection issues. "The 'sometimes things don't work out' kind of scenario happens to all guys, across the age spectrum and that shouldn't be a point of stress," says Benjamin N. Breyer, assistant professor in the department of urology at University of California, San Francisco and interim chief of urology at San Francisco General. "But if it happens consistently and it's bothersome to the patient or the partner, the guy should seek help." The chances that a man will experience erectile dysfunction increase as he gets older but it's not inevitable. In most cases, if it does occur, it's relatively easy to address, usually with medication. There are also several preventative steps men can take to lessen their chances of developing erectile dysfunction.
Avoid Risky Sex
It's true, you can fracture your penis. Although it's not a bone, there are two extremely strong fibers in the penis that can tear if the penis is bent abruptly. This is most likely to happen in positions where the man's partner is on top of him or he is behind his partner. It is also more likely to happen if the man's erection is on the weaker side. Penis fractures result in excruciating pain and can cause bruising. They can also lead to scarring, which may inhibit the penis from filling with blood in the usual way. This scarring can change the size and shape of a man's erection and lead to erectile dysfunction. Like any concern about erectile functioning, a suspected penis fracture is a definite reason to seek medical attention.
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